Justin Forsett was a man among boys again.
In Monday night's 34-27 win over the New Orleans Saints, the Ravens got a career day from the veteran running back, who carried the ball 22 times for 182 yards and two touchdowns. Each time the Ravens needed a big run, Forsett could be counted on.
Forsett's first touchdown was on a 13-yard run in the second quarter, with his second score coming in the fourth quarter from 20 yards out. His longest run of the game was a 38-yarder.
By now, everyone knows Forsett's story. But I loved this quote he gave during his ESPN postgame interview when asked about his journey to being Baltimore's starter. .
"I've put in a lot of hard work in the shadows," he said.
The Saints had no answer for Forsett, who seemed to get stronger as the game went on. Not only did the interior offensive line open up some huge holes for Forsett, he made defenders miss and bounced off a lot of Saints defenders. No, the Saints don't have a good defensive front. But when you have this kind of the game on the ground, you're doing many things right.
While the Ravens dominated the running game, the defense made just enough plays to get the job done against a Saints. With the game tied at 17-17, safety Will Hill picked off Drew Brees for a 44-yard return touchdown to take the lead. Brees, under fire from a Terrell Suggs rush, threw behind his intended target, tight end Jimmy Graham, which allowed Hill to take the ball the other way.
This win gives the Ravens a perfect 4-0 record against NFC South teams. Though the Saints lost, they're still tied for first place in their division.
Up 14 late following Forsett's second touchdown, the Saints drove down the field and got a late score from Brees to Graham. Ravens receiver Kamar Aiken recovered the ensuing onside kick to put the game away.
The Ravens will host the Chargers next week.
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